Renown for its rich, long history, Sri Lanka is an island situated off India.
Today, Sri Lanka is one of the oldest living bastions of Buddhism, with over 70% of its population of 20 million identifying as practicing buddhists. Further, our religious traditions go back to the second century BC.
Known for its man-made water tanks showing a perfected irrigation and tool-making culture that predates others in the world by centuries, Sri Lanka is also commonly referred to by locals as the land of cascading waterfalls, which flow through the wilds to culminate in the mighty sea.
Boasting frequent sightings of ocean giants and other sea creatures (whales, dolphins, etc.), as well as some of the largest land dwelling mammals (elephants), the country offers tourists the opportunity to experience thickly-dense, lush jungles that are rich with multiple, diverse micro ecosystems allowing one to feel a real affinity with nature.
The country is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the majestic Sinharaja Rainforest, one of the few mostly virgin rainforests left in the world. Virtually untouched, with the real freedom afforded by going where few have gone before, Sinharaja is a truly pristine wilderness, which you must see to believe.
Another historical city featuring UNESCO World Heritage Site status is Kandy, the last capital of the ancient kings, which lies in the center of Sri Lanka’s hill country, and encompasses large tracts of tea and rubber estates.
Other UNESCO World Heritage Sites include Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, both famous for well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilizations.